A step further

San Diego bishop issues his own statement on death penalty initiatives, claims application is racially and economically biased

The following comes from a July 14 Diocese of San Diego news release: The Most Rev. Robert McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, today issued the following statement about Props. 62 and 66, which deal with the state’s death penalty: “This fall, voters in California will be asked to decide on two propositions regarding the death penalty. Proposition 62, … [Read more...]

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Catholics have mixed reactions to the RNC

GOP platform hailed as most pro-life ever, criticized over immigration stance

The following comes from a July 19 Catholic News Agency article by Adelaide Mena: The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions. Among many issues, the 54-page statement of the party's beliefs calls for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, asks for more restrictions on refugee … [Read more...]

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California bishops endorse initiative to end death penalty

They state that the practice is no longer morally justifiable

The following comes from a July 14 CA Catholic news release: SACRAMENTO, CA - During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we, the Catholic Bishops of California support Proposition 62 which would end the use of the death penalty in California.  Our commitment to halt the practice of capital punishment is rooted both in the Catholic faith and our pastoral experience. The Bishops of … [Read more...]

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Religion and the 2016 campaign

How are weekly mass-attending Catholics voting?

The following comes from a July 13 Pew Research Center post: Religious contours of 2016 campaign mostly match 2012 For the most part, the voting intentions of people in major religious groups closely resemble those seen in polling conducted at a similar point in the 2012 campaign. Currently, Clinton also holds a 17-point advantage among Catholic registered voters, … [Read more...]

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California’s state religion

Transgender bathrooms and climate change

The following comes from a June 19 opinion piece in the Orange County Register In a state ruled by a former Jesuit, perhaps we should not be shocked to find ourselves in the grip of an incipient state religion. Of course, this religion is not actually Christianity, or even anything close to the dogma of Catholicism, but something that increasingly resembles the former Soviet … [Read more...]

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Calif. bishops happy with state budget

Spending more money - the answer to abortion?

The following comes from a June 10 release from the California Conference of Catholic Bishops. Late Thursday afternoon, a budget deal was announced that repeals the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule, provides additional funding for naturalization and other immigration services and funds teacher empowerment and recruitment items as well as additional early childhood … [Read more...]

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What happens at Catholic Advocacy Day

Restorative justice, repeal maximum family grant, economic relief for teachers

The following comes from an April 25 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: Catholics from around California converged on Sacramento to visit their elected representatives and advocate for legislation on Catholic Advocacy Day. The issues they discussed on April 19 ranged from additions to the assisted-suicide legislation passed last year, and matters of restorative … [Read more...]

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